Lou DiBella, who promotes Khurtsidze, said he was pleased to be able to make a deal with Langford promoter Frank Warren for the fight so he could deliver his boxer a significant opportunity. As for Kovalev, he’s fighting for free. UFC tattoos get another high-profile name added to the list as lightweight contender Kevin Lee went under the needle to ink his dome. Dan Rafael (born August 25, 1970) is an American sportswriter. 2 of his cruiserweight belt, Cherry, Douglas clash with title shot on their minds, Belt brings Huck, Briedis added motivation for fight, Mikey Garcia wants Linares-Crolla II winner for unification fight, Olympic bronze medalist Hernandez ready for pro debut, Winter storm not a problem for Golovkin, Jacobs, Claressa Shields making more women's boxing history, Andrade: I'm going to give Culcay a reality check, WBC updates mandatory situation for its world titles, 2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism. After I defeat Langford, Saunders is next.". Boxing fans, who take in media via print, where do you think that Rafael fits, which company should look to bring him into the fold? UFC Rankings Report: Where Do Uriah Hall & Bryce Mitchell Land After Big Wins? The main event is expected to happen at around 11-11:30 PM ET. Rafael also talked to Kugan Cassius, of IFL TV, after Ak and Barak, and he told the Brit videographer that he loved his run at ESPN. Midnight Mania! Also stick with us for UFC Ottawa and Bellator Birmingham results as both events will be taking place tonight as well. A free inside look at ESPN salary trends based on 1443 salaries wages for 669 jobs at ESPN. The victory put Khurtsidze in position for a mandatory title shot against England’s Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs), but delays and politics kept Khurtsidze out of the ring while a deal was eventually made to allow Saunders to take another optional defense. Ward is getting a $6.5 million purse, up from the $5 million from his first fight. Mike Perry Will Remain On UFC 255, Meets Short Notice Replacement... Tito Ortiz Elected To Council Seat In Huntington Beach, CA, Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal Reported for December 19 Clash, Bellator 251 Weigh-In Results: All Fighters Make Weight. Pay ranges are assigned by "grade level." Middleweight contender Avtandil Khurtsidze has had a long wait for another shot at a belt, but it’s here now. “We never got to that point, I don’t think so, it didn’t move in that direction. He made a name for himself in March 2016 when he was the underdog against hot prospect Antoine Douglas on Showtime’s “ShoBox” series. Despite this, UFC President Dana White... Tito Ortiz is now an elected government official. Media 214 fighters (36%) earned six-figures in 2019 (33% in 2018). All rights reserved. Here are the complete Wilder vs. Fury salaries: Deontay Wilder ($4 million) vs. Tyson Fury ($3 million), Jarrett Hurd ($1 million) vs. Jason Welborn ($30,000), Luis Ortiz ($375,000) vs. Travis Kauffman ($125,000), Joe Joyce ($40,000) vs. Joe Hanks ($50,000), Carlos Licona ($30,000) vs. Mark Anthony Barriga ($25,000), Julian Williams ($30,000) vs. Francisco Javier Castro ($2,500), Jessie Rodriguez ($7,000) vs. Josue Morales ($6,000), Chris Arreola ($25,000) vs. Maurenzo Smith ($16,000), Robert Guerrero ($25,000) vs. Adam Mate ($2,500), Isaac Lowe ($5,000) vs. Lucas Rafael Baez ($2,500). And even though this PPV main event is going to cost you a whopping $74.99, it looks like it’ll be well worth it. "I am very excited to finally get this opportunity," said Khurtsidze, who arrived in England on Monday. Could he have continued in a lesser capacity with ESPN? Sports Here is a statement from ESPN on his departure. Jeff Darlington. Men's College Basketball Analyst. Fury, on the other hand, will walk away with $3 million. So, what are those future endeavors, anyway? According to Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas, Sergey believes that Ward “intentionally has done less to promote the event because he dislikes Kovalev and knows he can affect his bottom line.”, “The first fight, [Kovalev] did so much [to promote it],” said Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager. And so, he’s a free agent, will he get calls from the DAZNs and the Foxes and such? Courtesy of ESPN’s Dan Rafael, here are the salaries for two of the three HBO PPV undercard bouts. Khurtsidze, 37, is a brawler. 37%) make less than that.Sometimes it doesn?t pay to get punched in the face.? Whatever the case, there’s no more time to left to promote the fight, and Ward and Kovalev will lock horns again tomorrow night. In the... Mike Perry will be fighting on UFC 255 and will be taking on Tim Means. Dan Rafael was the best known boxing writer in America after solidifying himself at ESPN, following a stint at USA Today. Fury, on the other hand, will walk away with $3 million. They wish, a spokesman said, Big Dan well on his future endeavors. BoxingScene reports that his contract “is expected to state that Kovalev will make 75 percent of his side’s overall take from the event, not a specific figure.” In other words, he’ll be earning his money off of the pay-per-view revenue as well as ticket sales. “He flew the country back and forth. https://www.worldboxingnews.net/2020/04/13/dan-rafael-espn-exit First reported by Elie Seckbach, ESPN is parting ways with long time boxing reporter Dan Rafael. Rafael has been with ESPN for over 15 years and has been considered one of the most well-known boxing reporters in the industry. Here are the official purse numbers for Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, as the two men are set to rematch on Saturday. The 45-year-old UFC Hall-of-Famer received 34, 901 votes to win a seat on the... Khalil Rountree Jr. will not be retiring after all. Yes, he said, my contract signed in 2016 was up, and he’s moving on. Rafael wasn’t fired and it had nothing to do with the Coronavirus, but just a matter of his contract no being renewed. WBA Super Bantamweight (122 lbs) Title, 12 rounds, Guillermo Rigondeaux (Champion, 17-0, 11 KOs): $120,000 Moises Flores (Challenger, 25-0-1, 17 KOs): $25,000, Luis Enrique Arias (17-0, 8 KOs): $25,000Arif Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs): $25,000. 2021 Payroll Table Active Contracts Multi-Year Spending Positional Spending Financial Summary 2021 Free Agents Salaries posted anonymously by ESPN employees. Details on ESPN Parting Ways With Long Time Boxing Reporter Dan Rafael (Video), Video: Deontay Wilder Rejects Mayweather Offer to Train Him, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD NEW BSO APP FOR iPHONE & ANDROID. A Brooklyn, New York-based native of the Republic of Georgia, he’s built like a tank with a good chin and a fan-friendly style. Joe Rogan weighed in on the MMA GOAT discussion. Men’s Pound... UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired in the cage following his defeat of Justin Gaethje recently. (Photo from Dan Rafael IG). ‘Tell Me He’s Not Washed’. Courtesy of ESPN’s Dan Rafael, here are the salaries for two of the three HBO PPV undercard bouts. Biography. NFL Nation Reporter: Tennessee Titans . “I've worked real hard these last few years to get another shot at a world title, and I will give my best on Saturday to achieve my dream. “His victory over Antoine Douglas last year was remarkable and I know Khurtsidze will do his best to replicate that performance in England against Tommy Langford. Perry was supposed to... Dana White Says Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 Is A... Dustin Poirier Responds To Justin Gaethje Over Why The Interim Title... Dana White Won’t Strip Khabib Nurmagomedov Of LW Title Despite Retirement. Salaries posted anonymously by ESPN employees. He is promoting this fight as much as he can. Bellator 251 Main Card Preview & Quick Picks For ‘Manhoef Vs. Anderson’, Aldana Eyes Fresh Start In 2021 After Undergoing Foot Surgery, UFC Vegas 13 odds: Latest betting lines and gambling guide for ‘Santos vs Teixeira’, LIVE! A free inside look at ESPN salary trends based on 1,440 salaries wages for 669 jobs at ESPN. Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21 KOs) will face Tommy Langford (18-0, 6 KOs) for a vacant interim title Saturday at Leicester Arena in Leicester, England -- only about an hour’s drive from Langford’s hometown of Birmingham, England -- in a fight that has been a long time coming. Still very much alive, still very excited about the sport of boxing, can’t wait to get back in arenas and back on TV screens and streaming services and all that and I’m hoping to be back for somebody, at some point.”. Every single penny comes from the fans – from the ticket sales, from the pay-per-view, Sergey is earning. Breaking News The average household income in the U.S. is around $45,000 per year, yet over a third of the UFC?s fighters (221 fighters ? “And I was a part of that, my contract expired and they did not renew and here I am. “I don’t want to be egotistical, I don’t have necessarily those expectations, at least right now, anyway” because, hello, there are no fights going on, so it’s not as likely that companies will look to add right now. As recently as 2015, Canelo Alvarez’s win over James Kirkland came saw him earn at least $3.5 million off of event revenue, although that card was not an HBO PPV, but a stadium show in Texas. Ian Darke. This isn’t entirely uncommon for a boxer to have his final take tied primarily to a percentage of the PPV and/or gate revenue. So, what are those future endeavors, anyway? Khurtsidze has won nine fights in a row since losing a close decision to Hassan N’Dam in an interim world title fight in October 2010. First reported by Elie Seckbach, ESPN is parting ways with long time boxing reporter Dan Rafael. Rafael spoke to Kugan Cassius, and shared a bit more what led to his parting of the ways from his work home base since 2005. Nobody’s giving it to him.”. Given the magnitude of the main event and their respective track records, Wilder and Fury need to be compensated quite a bit for their combat services. Ward has a sugar daddy who pays him $7 million for this fight. 18 men and women wore UFC championship belts (including interim) in 2019, and they earned an average of $974,028 (up from … Adesanya won’t bulk up for 205: Jones was ‘so stupid’ for doing that. A senior exec at ESPN? According to the California State Athletic Commission (via ESPN’s Dan Rafael), Wilder stands to make $4 million for his main event spot. 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